Saturday, December 22, 2012

Psychotic Saturdays! Six Slayerific Psycho Santas!

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On this Psychotic Saturdays! Saturday I am celebrating the Holidays in horrific fashion. I am highlighting six films that are truly slayerific. They feature the not so jolly old man in glorified slay bell form. Santa has more than a little humbug this season as he slashes his way through the snow and paints the halls with red-blood red! Here are six films that should not be missed out on the holidays. You will notice I forgo the usual slasher flicks that feature a Santa killer-almost and go for some not so over celebrated films.
6. Santa Claws (1996)

santa clawsDirected by John A. Russo and starring Debbie Rochon, Grant Cramer and John Mowod. A young man finds his divorced mother having sex with a man in a Santa Clause hat and shoots them both dead. Years later, now thinking he is Santa Clause, the man develops an obsession with an erotic horror film star named Raven and begins stalking her.

5. Santa Slays (2005)

santa slaysDirected by David Steiman and starring Bill Goldberg, Douglas Smith and Emilie de Ravin. Bill Goldberg plays the devil's son who lost a wager with a angel and was forced to spend 1000 years playing Santa, but now the wager of that time has run out, and good old Santa isn't so joyful anymore. He makes up for lost time and starts to kill people.

4. Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989)

Silent Night Deadly Night 3Directed by Monte Hellman and starring Samantha Scully, Bill Moseley and Richard C. Adams. Ricky Caldwell, the notorious 'Killer Santa Claus', awakens from a six year coma after being kept alive on life-support by a slightly crazed doctor experimenting with ESP and other special abilities. Ricky targets a young, clairvoyant blind woman, named Laura, whom is traveling with her brother Chris, and his girlfriend Jerri to their grandmothers house for Christmas Eve, and Ricky decides to go after her, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake.

3. Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984)

dont-open-till-christmas-cover1Directed by Purdom and starring Edmund Purdom, Alan Lake and Belinda Mayne. A murderer is running loose through the streets of London, hunting down men dressed as Santa and killing them all in different, and extremely violent, fashions. Inspector Harris has decided to take on the unenviable task of tracking down the psychopath, but he's going to have his work cut out for him. Only the suspicious reporter, Giles, seems to offer the Inspector any promising leads.

2. Saint / Sint (2010)

Saint-Nick-DVDDirected by Dick Maas and starring Egbert Jan Weeber, Bert Luppes and Caro Lenssen. It is the night of Sinterklaus in the Netherlands only this St. Nick is anything but jolly. He roams the city seeking victims to slay on this unholy night. He does not care who is naughty or nice he just wants the children and only has the full moon of this Dec. night to collect is bounty!

1. Silent Night (2012)

silent_nightDirected by Steven C. Miller and starring Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell and Brendan Fehr. In a small Midwestern town a killer dressed as Santa is slaying the citizens one by one. The sheriff’s department must find who the killer is and take him out as the holiday massacre becomes all to personal and terrifying.

Friday, December 21, 2012

New Clip For “Texas Chainsaw 3D”

“Texas Chainsaw 3D” is the direct sequel to the 1974 cult film by Tobe Hooper. The film hits theatres January 4th 2013. Check out the clips below.
After the first massacre in 1974, the townspeople suspected that the Sawyer family were responsible. A vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer house, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family. Decades later a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from her grandmother. she decides to bring her friends along on the road trip to invesitgate her inheritance. On arrival she uncovers she has inherited a mansion but is yet to uncover the terrors that lurk in the basement below it.

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First Look At “The Hobbit 2: The Desolation Of Smaug”

Bilbo - The Hobbit 2 MovieCheck out this first look at Jackson’s “The Hobbit 2: The Desolation Of Smaug”. Peter Jackson takes you through the process and experience of creating this journey and fantastical saga. “The Dwarfs, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the misty mountains, and Bilbo found the one ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back off the Dragon, Smaug.”

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Check Out The Trailer For Psychological Thriller “Side Effects”

side effects“Side Effects” is a thriller that revolves around a woman in love but dealing with emotional issues and the little pink pill that brings salvation. However the response is left with little time for rejoice as a darker side of her new lease on life begins to unfold. The film is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara and Jude Law. Check out the trailer below. “Side Effects” has it’s release date set for February 8th 2013.

Release Date Details For “Crawlspace”

Crawlspace” is a labor of love created by Justin Dix who wrote and directed the intense suspenseful horror story. The screenplay was adapted with the help of Adam Patrick Foster, Eddie Baroo and stars Amber Clayton, Ditch Davey, Eddie Baroo, Peta Sergeant, Fletcher Humphrys, Nicholas Bell. IFC Midnight will release the film on VOD January 4th 2013. If you haven’t already seen the trailer check it out below.

Crawlspace follows a squad of elite soldiers sent to infiltrate and extract the lead science team from Pine Gap, Australia’s top secret underground military compound, after it comes under attack from unknown forces. The mission is compromised when they encounter a young woman with no memory of who she is or how she came to be there. As they try to escape, the group quickly discovers all is not as it seems and the facility has become a testing ground for something far more sinister.


New Clip For “The Millennium Bug” As DVD Released.

The-Millennium-Bug-DVD-350x487The Millennium Bug” came out on DVD recently and to help promote the creature feature a new clip has been released. The film has been touted as an instant cult classic. Directed by Kenneth Cran and starring Jon Briddell, Adam Brooks, Christine Haeberman, Trek Loneman, Ken MacFarlane, John Charles Meyer, Ian Pfister, Ginger Pullman, Ben Seton, Jessica Simons, Sandi Steinberg, Benjamin Watts and Dustin Yoder.

“It’s December 31st, 1999, and the world anxiously awaits the year 2000. Hoping to escape the Y2K computer glitch known as the “millennium bug,” Byron Haskin takes his new wife and teenage daughter camping in the isolated Sierra Diablos mountains. But madness finds them in the form of the Crawford clan, a family of in-bred hillbillies who abduct the Haskins in order to refresh their stagnant gene pool. As the Haskins fight for their lives, death and bloody carnage ensue, but neither they nor the Crawfords are aware of the monstrous horror hibernating beneath the forest floor. Unseen for 1,000 years, this millennium bug is hungry… and December 31st just happens to be its birthday.”

My Review Of “The Apparition”

apparition1“The Apparition” tales the story of a young couple playing house only to find out the terrors hidden in the home as well as their relationship. The film is directed by Todd Lincoln and stars Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton. The film actually focuses on the exploration of urban legend and the paranormal as well accenting the freshness of a life anew with relationship and promise. Kelly and Ben are a young couple starting life together just as horrors set upon them. Ben is a collegiate who explores the realms of paranormal experimentation only to have to deal with the nightmare ramifications that ensue. Soon Ben and Kelly battle ghastly forces from beyond the realm of the dead as an entity invades their lives and halts the beginnings of their happy home.

For me the film has some serious potential for scares but unfortunately it is as if the director pulled back on most of the scary moments instead of going for broke. Moments when the scenes begin to build to thrilling climaxes the actual luster fades and we are almost pre-warned or backed down from a true terrifying moment. With that said there are some scary moments that make you jump but there could have been so many more. The surreal and ominous atmosphere that is created in this more subdued supernatural horror film is intense and foreboding which give to the story’s dark nature. The casual and serious approach to the story casts an almost monotone of mournfulness even when the scene doesn’t call for such emotion which sometimes creates a somewhat sleeper moment to the film. The story around the paranormal entity however is intense, dark and sinister which hold most of this movie tightly together and give us our actual active scary moments. “The Apparition” didn’t completely leave me disappointed but it did slightly frustrate me because I found myself forcing complete interest in the movie as it went along and never felt quite convinced it was a horror movie. It is a film that one could take or leave and never be the lesser for doing so.

Check Out The Trailer For German Horror “Bela Kiss: Prologue”

belakiss prologueBela Kiss: Prologue” is based on  Hungarian serial killer Bela Kiss who allegedly killed 23 women. Directed by Lucien Förstner the film concerns five bank robbers in search for a hideaway in a remote hotel as they flee from the police. According to the synopsis, "brutal and unforeseen events take overhand and build a bridge to the past. The assumed safe house turns into a Bela Kiss still alive?" Check out the trailer below. The film hasn’t listed a U.S release date yet.

Bela Kiss was one of the the most brutal serial killers, who killed 23 young women during the beginning of the first World War. The blood-drained bodies were found in metal barrels, conserved in alcohol. According to rumors, he was still seen decades later, in different parts of the world. He never was found and so the whereabouts of this man are unknown, even today.

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Red Band Trailer For Apocalyptic Comedy “This Is The End”

this-is-the-end-one-sheetWell I don’t know whether I am disappointed or relieved about the outcome on this day but non the less life goes on. So for yet another year we can rant and prepare for the total annihilation of humanity through comedic and sometimes delusional reliefs. With that said why not get a jump on next year’s doomsday scenarios with this trailer for “This Is The End”. Directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and starring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill.

The actors all play themselves in this film that finds six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Once they discover that they are experiencing the Apocalypse, they must come to terms with why they were left behind. Eventually they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.

Wolf Hunter By J.L. Benet

Book Worth Reading:

wolf hunterOn my list for reading in the 2013 year is J.L. Benet’s Wolf Hunter. You can check it out here.
In the waning days of WWII, the Nazis succeeded in creating the ultimate fighters, werewolves. Viktor Huelen escaped capture and made his way to America, where he lived for years undetected...until now.

In present day Detroit, Huelen is being blackmailed into sharing his dark gift with a group of college kids. Jack is an Ojibwa shapeshifter...

...and the only thing that stands between the werewolves and world domination.

about J.L. Benet:
J.L. earned a Master's degree in Writing of Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University while finishing his first novel. He also has numerous shorter fiction and non-fiction pieces published in various magazine and anthologies.

Check Out The Teaser And Images From “Dead Walkers: Rise Of The 4th Reich”

dead walkersDead Walkers” is an Indie zombie flick that hits on a subgenre that has taken root in the horror world. The rise of the Nazi as bogeyman. The film is a spy thriller of sorts that plays with all the lore surrounding the obsession the 3rd Reich held for the occult. It is directed by Philip Gardiner who wrote the script as well and stars Philip Berzamanis, Jane Haslehurst, Bob Lee, Sandy Slade, Nathan Head, Melissa Hollett, Eirian Cohen, Dayna Shuffle, Rachel Malone, Dean Sills, Sarah Haugh, Dawn Hills, Rudy Barrow and Jack Burrows. The teaser has released and if it is any indication then “Dead Walkers” looks to be a pretty good gory and intense film that balances the fantastic with the surreal in a smart and witty way. Check out the teaser and some images from the film below.

In 1945 the Second World War came to an end and the Nazis fled. Scientists and military elite escaped across borders and found themselves in new worlds. Some fled to Russia, some the United States and others to South America. But there was another division, a forgotten group. A top secret and powerful team of men and women formed in the womb of the Nazi Occult. Now, decades after the war, their work is nearing completion. The 4th Reich is ready. It's more powerful and destructive than ever before. An army of hell is coming. Only one man knows the truth. His mission now, is to convince the world. "Dead Walkers: Rise Of The 4th Reich" is due out May 2013.

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Check Out The Trailer For “Entity”

entityEntity” is a psychological horror film that focuses bringing new life into the haunted house genre by adding new twists and blending cinematic styles. Christopher and Jeremy Jadallah crank up the tension and build towards a chilling finale with a menacing, ephemeral foe. The film is directed by The Jadallah Brothers and stars Jerod Perez, Dorie Waters, Thomas Blythe, Samantha Shields and Eric C. Schmitz. Check out the trailer below. “Entity” is due out in select theatres July 26th (my birthday!) 2013 and digital.

Following the disappearance of a close family member, Casey Hughes (Jerod Perez) and Morgan (Dorie Waters) are sent to the vacated home to finalize affairs. Their trip takes a turn for the worse when the two discover repressed secrets and learn that what's lurking in the home is beyond anything they could have ever imagined.


Movie Poster Released For Dark Film “Stoker”

“Stoker” is a dark character study that creates a dynamic that is truly sinister. The psychological melodrama that focuses on the twisted realms that family dynamics can sometimes take is directed by Park Chan-wook. It hits theatres on March 1st 2013. The story focuses on a mother and daughter, Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman) and India (Mia Wasikowska). Evelyn’s husband has recently died, and his funeral marks the arrival of Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), a relation that India didn’t even know she had. With Evie increasingly unstable, India is suspicious of the mysterious Charlie’s motives but finds herself drawn to him at the same time.


Check Out The Trailer And Images From Jet Li’s “The Sorcerer And The White Snake”

art_the_sorceror_and_the_white_snake“The Sorcerer And The White Snake” is Jet Li’s next fantasy flick which is something that he does quite well. Actually the whole Asian fairytale genre is another reason I focus on foreign films next to the horror stuff that comes our way. This film is based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man's soul. It is directed by Ching Siu-Tung. Check out the trailer and images below. “The Sorcerer And The White Snake” will be available on Demand January 3rd before hitting theatres February 8th 2013.


Check Out The First Look At Tom Hardy As Mad Max

The first look at Tom Hardy as the iconic Post Apocalyptic hero Mad Max has been released. The image shows the ruff and tumble life of a moralist in a desolate world where the savagery of a budding new society is gnawing it’s way to the top of the radiated ruins. “Fury Road” will be the newest in the cult favorite with Tom Hardy taking on the role and is much anticipated by sci-fi fans around the globe. According to George Miller in this fourth installment, “Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.”
Check out the image below. “Fury Road” also stars
Nicholas Hoult as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoe Kravitz plays Toast, Riley Keough is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior.The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard, Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Check Out The Trailer For A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’

Bates-MotelOne of the most exciting series to be unveiled in the 2013 season is A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’ based on the psycho killer Norman Bates. The series will explore the early years before “Psycho” in contemporary fashion. Check out the trailer below.

“Iron Doors” Comes To U.S DVD Shelves February 19th!


Stephan Manuel’s “Iron Doors” will be released in the U.S. on DVD February 19th 2013. A young man must escape from a mysterious locked vault before he dies of dehydration. The film stars Alex Wedekind and Rungano Nyoni.Check out the trailer below. The film will also be available VOD on the same day.

Roger Corman To Remake 8 Poe Tales From His Career

masque of red deathRoger Corman first brought us his vision of the Edgar Allen Poe classic tales in the 50’s and 60’s. Now he has plans to remake those eight Poe classic tales for a new audience. The first film will begin production in 2013 and this time around will see Corman as producer instead of director. Also this time around he will have a budget of 2-2.5 million whereas the original films he brought to life had a budget of 250,000 to 350,000.

The films are “The Masque Of the Red Death”, “The Pit and The Pendulum”, House Of Usher”, “Premature Burial”, “Tales Of Terror”, “The Raven”, “The Haunted Palace” and “The Tomb Of Ligeia”. The new films will be released through Corman’s New Horizon Productions and see a short US theatrical release.

Ready For ‘The Twilight Zone’ Reboot?

TheTwilightZoneLogoAccording to The Hollywood Reporter Bryan Singer has been tapped to bring new life in ‘The Twilight Zone’. The reboot is scheduled for CBS television and sees Singer as executive producer and possible director of the new vision of the cult classic Rod Serling series. As we all know Singer was the director behind the ‘Munsters’ reboot this past fall which I among many hope is just a teaser to a new series for NBC.

Check Out The Poster And Trailer For “Dark Skies”

“Dark Skies” is directed by Scott Charles Stewart and stars Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Trevor St. John and J.K. Simmons. The film hits theatres on February 22nd 2013. Check out the official trailer below.

“Dark Skies is a psychological thriller about a suburban couple whose lives become a nightmare when a terrifying alien presence enters their home each night to prey upon their children. Increasingly isolated from skeptical friends and neighbors, the couple are forced to take matters into their own hands to save their family.”

12 Apocalyptic Films You May Have Missed!

As we all have become annoyingly aware of lately the end of the world is close at hand! Tomorrow to be exact. So instead of posting the same old recent Apocalyptic and Post Apocalyptic films that celebrate both the annihilation and rebuilding of humanity after the end of the world I have decided to bring to light 12 films that may have been missed in our disturbing excitement for the end of us all! These films are from here and abroad and bring new stories and visions of the Doomsday scenarios back into the final countdown of man’s destruction!

1. A Boy And His Dog (1975)

a boy and his dogDon Johnson plays a young man in a post nuclear war world who has an interesting friend, a telepathic dog. The dog gives him an advantage in dealing with the barbaric world he lives in. When Johnson finds one place that has escaped the devastation of the war, he also finds some rather odd attitudes. The film is directed by L.Q. Jones and also stars Susan Benton, Jason Robards and Tim McIntire.

2. The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961)

The_Day_the_Earth_Caught_Fire_(movie_poster)Directed by Val Guest and starring Edward Judd, Janet Munro and Leo McKern “The Day The Earth Caught Fire” sees hysterical panic engulfing the world after the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously detonate nuclear devices and have caused the orbit of the Earth to alter, sending it hurtling towards the sun.

3. Land Of Doom (1986)

landofdoomEarth has been ravaged by a nuclear war, and a feminist warrior is forced to join up with a soldier of fortune in her journey to find a rumored "paradise" as they battle gangs of rampaging bandits. Directed by Peter Maris and starring Deborah Rennard, Garrick Dowhen and Daniel Radell.

4. The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)

Handmaids_taleSet in a Fascistic future America, The Handmaid's Tale tells the story of Kate, a handmaid. In this America, the religious right has taken over and gone hog-wild. Kate is a criminal, guilty of the crime of trying to escape from the US, and is sentenced to become a Handmaid. The job of a Handmaid is to bear the children of the man to whom she is assigned. After ruthless group training by Aunt Lydia in the proper way to behave, Kate is assigned as Handmaid to the Commander. Kate is attracted to Nick, the Commander's chauffeur. At the same time, a resistance movement begins to challenge the regime.  Directed by Volker Schlondorff and starrin Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway and Aidan Quinn.

5. Carriers (2009)

CarriersposterDirected by David and Alex Pastor and starring Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Lou Taylor Pucci. In a world devastated by an outbreak, Brian, his girlfriend Bobby, his brother Danny and their friend, Kate, are heading to a beach where the brothers spent their childhood vacations expecting it to be a sanctuary. When their car breaks down on the road in the desert, they negotiate with a man called Frank, who is also stranded but without gas. He is trying to get his daughter Jodie to the hospital (she is infected with a disease of some kind), they all decide to travel together. During the journey, massive moral dilemmas arise, as events head into a downward spiral.

6. Happy End/ Les Derniers Jours Du Monde (2009)

Happy_EndRobinson, appropriately named as we will soon discover, is on vacation in Biarritz with his wife. What follows is the story behind the loss of his arm, a story that becomes increasingly bizarre and eventually apocalyptic, leading us down a narrative path of labyrinthine complexity. The resulting film is an extraordinary feat of imagination and daring, set against the backdrop of a world on the verge of destruction. Directed by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu and starring Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Frot and Karin Viard.

7. Holocaust 2000 (1977)

holocaust 2000Directed by Alberto De Martino and starring Kirk Douglas, Simon Ward and Agostina Belli. An executive in charge of a Middle Eastern nuclear plant discovers that his son is the Anti Christ and sets out to stop him from using the nuclear power at his fingertips to wipe out mankind.

 8. Malevil (1981)

malevil-movie-poster-1981-1020362390In southern France, in a quite little town, the mayor, who also owns a castle with some cattle, is in the wine cellar with some other people: the pharmacist, the veterinary, and some of his employees. As they are drinking wine, they hear a terrible noise and the heat's getting higher and higher.They don't realize what's happening: when they come out of the cellar, they realize that everything has burned, and all the buildings are destroyed. Directed by Christian de Chalonge and starring Michel Serrault, Jacques Dutronc and Jacques Villeret.

9. Miracle Mile (1988)

MiracletheatricalDirected by Steve De Jarnatt and starring Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham and John Agar. A young man meets and falls in love with a young woman at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. This area is known as Miracle Mile, and the whole movie takes place there. They make a date, which he misses, and while he is searching for her, he accidentally finds out that we (the United States) are about to start a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. He frantically searches for her so that they can escape Los Angeles.

10. The Noah’s Ark Principle / Das Arche Noah Prinzip (1984)

the noah's ark principleNear the end of the 20th century, WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) are retired. However, certain factions plan to use a science space station as a weapon against each other. The astronauts inside will decide the world's faith. Directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Richy Müller, Franz Buchrieser and Aviva Joel.

11. Rapture (1991)

RaptureposterDirected by Michael Tolkin and starring Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny and Darwyn Carson. This is the story of a young woman (who lives in Los Angeles) with a very boring job. At night however, she and a male partner cruise the bars as swingers. After a time, she begins to believe that a conspiracy exists and decides that she must become a born-again Christian. The movie presents an interesting view of how even the most unlikely person might become born-again.

12. No Blade Of Grass (1970)

noblade1A strange new virus has appeared, which only attacks strains of grasses such as wheat and rice, and the world is descending into famine and chaos. Architect John, along with his family and friends, is making his way from London to his brother's farm in northern England where there will hopefully be food and safety for all of them. Along the way, they encounter hostile soldiers, biker gangs, and all manner of people who are all too willing to take advantage of travelers for a mouthful of food. Directed by Cornel Wilde and starring Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace and John Hamill.


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